Needles are piling up on subway tracks in parts of Manhattan as the city’s “mental health crisis” wreaks havoc on the subway system, according to the city’s transit chief.
In her letter asking for more police help from Mayor de Blasio, interim transit boss Sarah Feinberg cited “hundreds of needles” on platforms and tracks, along with instances of assaults involving the mentally ill and multiple suicides and attempted suicides.
“Just in the last month, we have experience multiple instances of violent assaults, including one homicide, involving individuals suffering from mental health challenges,” Feinberg wrote.
“In stations in Upper Manhattan and on the Lower East Side, hundreds of needles are being disposed regularly on the platform and on the track bed. And, just last week, morning rush hour trains were held up for some time while police had to engage with an individual on the roadbed who refused to leave the right-of-way.”